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The exercise physiology and nutrition program allows students to focus on understanding the determinants of physical activity and energy expenditure, adaptations to exercise that impact human work performance and disease risk, and exercise metabolism and nutrition.  Although not required, a graduate student may earn a verification statement by completing required classes in the MSU dietetics program in order to become a Registered Dietitian.  The verification statement is needed in order to apply to an accredited dietetic internship.  A strength of this graduate program is the opportunity for students to participate in research within the Movement Science or Nutrition Research Laboratories.

Graduate programs in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition will customize their programs for future employment within a variety of fields including:

  • Future pursuit of a doctoral degree
  • Medical school
  • Clinical and/or cardiac rehabilitation centers
  • Clinical and fitness equipment companies
  • Fitness/wellness facilities
  • Coaching
  • Sports nutritionist and other nutrition fields (requires RD)


Ideally, entering graduate students will have completed a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Nutrition, or a closely related field (e.g., Biology, Pre-Physical Therapy) with appropriate background course work (e.g., chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology).   Students without an appropriate undergraduate background may still enter the program, but will be required to take a number of undergraduate prerequisite courses prior to graduate course work. 


Admissions decisions are based on:

  1. Undergraduate preparation (GPA and strength of prerequisite course work)
  2. Preferential GRE combined score from verbal and quantitative tests equal to or greater than 280 from the current test or 800 from tests before 2011
  3. Goodness of fit and how consistent interests and goals of student align with research and outreach goals of faculty (to be addressed in personal essay)
  4. Relevant professional experience
  5. Strength of letters of recommendation




KIN 515
KIN 545

Exercise Performance & Nutr
Graduate Exercise Physiology

HHD 501 Prof Communications in HHD 3

STAT 401
orEDCI 501

Stat for Researchers
Educ Statistics



KIN 415
or Elective

Advanced Test & Prescrip

HHD 512 Research Design in HHD 3
NUTR 511 Exercise Metabolism & Health 3


KIN 515
orKIN 545

Exercise Performance & Nutr
Grad Exercise Phys


NUTR 411
or Elective

Nutr for Sport & Exer


Electives   3


KIN 575
orKIN 590

Research or Prof Paper/Project





Total Program 36-38 credits